USAirways wants lower airport costs in Pittsburgh as a condition of maintaining their flight presence. Since the airport authority is debt-laden, and debt servicing is a substantial cost that is passed along to airlines servicing the area, USAirways suggests raising taxes to pay down debt.
- US Airways has asked state and county leaders and the airport authority to consider raising state sales, car rental, and hotel taxes to raise $31 million a year to pay down debt, a proposal Gov. Ed Rendell and county Chief Executive Jim Roddey have rejected. However, Rendell has said he would consider using a portion of potential revenue from slots gambling, assuming it is legalized in Pennsylvania, to help pay down the debt.